Save the best of your turnip harvest and enter the Gilfeather Turnip Contest -
Town Hall, Oct 25, register before Noon.

Save the Date! October 25, 2014

Our Signature Fundraising Event
The 12th Annual
Gilfeather Turnip Festival

Celebrate Our Town's Delicious Roots!
Saturday, October 25 from 10  to 3

at the Wardsboro Town Hall
and The Big Tent on Main Street
Ample parking. Rain or shine. Free admission.

Meet Margaret Roach
She is our 2014 Celebrity Judge for the
Gilfeather Turnip Contest.
Margaret is a noted garden author and former garden editor for
Martha Stewart LIVING Magazine.

Enter the Gilfeather Turnip Contest

Did you grow a really big turnip this year?  The most beautiful ever?!?  Name your turnip and enter it into the contest.  Be famous!  Bring your entry in by 12 noon on the Festival Day to participate.  All ages welcome to enter and join the fun.  OUR CELEBRITY  JUDGE this year is Margaret Roach, noted garden author.  Read her blog at

A Brief History of the Gilfeather Turnip
This turnip became part of Wardsboro history when John Gilfeather started growing them on his farm in the early 1900's.
He planted many rows of turnips and sold them in Brattleboro, Northampton and other local towns. He cut the tops and bottoms of his turnips so they could not be reproduced.
The secret of the Gilfeather Turnip may have died with John but a small bottle of seeds were saved by a neighbor. This saved our unique vegetable that we celebrate annually at our Festival.  Paul Dutton is now the authorized distributor of Gilfeather Turnip seeds. 

Join the whole town as we

An entire family-oriented day dedicated entirely to one of Vermont's tastiest heirloom vegetables. What would old Farmer Gilfeather think to see us having such a good time with his unusual
hybrid tuber? He'd be thrilled! SHOP for turnip gifts, the commemorative Gilfeather T-shirt, Gilfeather movie DVDs, and the ever-popular
Gilfeather Turnip Cookbook. Come to the TURNIP CAFE for the turnip tastings, where
local cooks show off their best Turnip Recipes. Stay for lots of live music, strolling musicians and more. This is a one-of-a-kind culinary event! SHOP the Farmer's Market and Craft Tables, BUY tons of turnip sat the FRIENDS TURNP CART, EAT at the TURNIP CAFE, listen to live music, see the Friends fundraising exhibits. culinary event!


We invite artisans, crafters and farmer's market vendors to set up their space for a fee of $40.00.  Spaces are available in a heated 40' x 40' outdoor tent, or you may set up your own 10' x 10' well-anchored pop up tent.   You must provide your own décor and an 8 foot table.  If you require us to provide an 8 foot table there will be a $5 charge.  No spaces will be sold for tag sales.  Your cancelled  check will be your confirmation and your space will be clearly marked with your name when you arrive. 



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